Southern Gentleman, Lest We Forget, 2011
Honored Fallen Comrade
- Feb 20, 2005
Alas, I'm not convinced that anyone murdered anyone. I've read probably 20 accounts and opinions from men far better read on this subject than me. All of them suggest that Forrest was a victim of abuse from biased parties all of whom were looking for any chance to attack him.Someone did at Ft Pillow? Someone gave no quarter to the Color troops at Ft. Pillow? I think Forrest seems to the best one to figure for the the massacre at Ft Pillow...unless Forrest was jest a figure head of a leader instead of a pillar leadership everyone makes him out to be...If he was the leader everyone makes him out to be then he would of know about giving no quarter to the Color troops..He murder those color troops the same way Manson murder Ms. Tate. Forrest like Manson may not have been there at the act but was their in his direction and leadership of his followers.....Do you think his men would have murder those Color troops? If they did not think Forrest would have approved of it...
Forrest begged for a trial, not something a man with much guilt would have done. The crime of character assassination offered by the press and the parties who made these accusations far exceeded any management deficiencies that Forrest encountered during the time of the battle.
Men who surrendered, then picked up their arms again, were not being managed very well. Were some of these Confederate soldiers biased against black folks? We'll probably never know for sure, though the political and social climate in that part of Tennessee was less than optimum.